We had two more Irish athletes qualified for the 2017 Ironman world championships in Kona, Hawaii at Ironman Arizona recently.

Click on through to see who they are..

Owen Martin
Club / team: Wheelworx-Asea
Age group. 40-44
Number of Kona appearances: Seven previous appearances.
Owen Martin became an eight time Kona qualifier at Ironman Arizona which is at this stage his regular post Kona and qualifying race for the following season. In a funny result both Owen and Ivan the other Irish qualifier Ivan O’ Gorman finished only 16 seconds apart. Owen races for our own Asea-Wheelworx team and clocked off a 9:02:16 taking 43rd overall and 3rd in the age group.


Ivan O Gorman

Club Team: Retul

Age group: 35-39

Previous Kona appearances: six

Ivan qualified for what will be his seventh Kona appearance and took another Ironman podium spot and trophy in the process. He finished with a second place in his age group and was 41st overall including the pro’s. Ivan lives and works in Boulder. He’s one of the best Retul fitters in the world and can run like you wouldn’t believe. Ivan has been known to knock out the Kona marathon in a similar time to three time World Champion Mirinda Carfrae clocking times in the low 2:50’s

You can check the updated post with all athletes who have currently qualified here

If there is anyone else I’ve missed who’s gotten themselves a place on the big island for next year let me know in the comments, on FB or you can contact me here

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